Communities encouraged to find out how they can get £500 for local projects!

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Flyer explaining details about the TAK£500 campaign

If you have an idea that you think would have a positive impact on your community – and fancy applying for funding to help bring that idea to life – look no further than the TAK£500 Participatory Budget Fund.

Two information sessions are being ran over the next two weeks to give you more information on what the campaign is all about, as well as giving you a great opportunity to think through your ideas and get some support and advice.

Communities right across the borough can apply for up to £500 for a project that they think will benefit their area – and best of all, it is the local residents who decide which projects should go ahead!

Two very informal sessions will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 13th October at 10.30am and Tuesday 20th October at 7.30pm.

The first session was a huge success with a variety of people from different walks of life attending. They found out more about TAK£500, the criteria, what the application form consisted of, asked questions and made some connections with other groups in the borough.

Application forms for the campaign have been coming in over the last week with some brilliant ideas – so make sure you get yours in too!

The ‘Tak£500’ Participatory Budget Fund is led by Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon Community Planning Partnership and is a Participatory Budgeting initiative – which basically means that local people get a direct say in how public funds are used to address local needs.

Ideas must be based around the ‘Take 5 Ways of Wellbeing’. These are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing on a daily basis.

They are: ‘Connect’ with people around you; ‘Be Active’ in some way each day; ‘Take Notice’ of the world around you and how you are feeling; ‘Keep Learning’ by trying something new and ‘Give’ by doing something nice for someone else.

There must be a minimum of three people per group. Children and young people aged eight and above can also form a group and apply for funding. Types of groups who may think of applying include sporting organisations, parent teacher associations, walking groups, environmental groups amongst others!

If your group is not constituted, you will need to be sponsored by a constituted group or organisation, as funds cannot be paid into a personal bank account.

If you need more information or support, please contact a member of PB Working Group. Full contact details are online at www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/TAKE500 or alternatively, you can email